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Christopher Hawk, Retired after 30+ years police/EMS experience.
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“Can cops track you down if they have your fake ID with a fake address?”

Can the police track you down? Yes, most likely.

Will the police track you down? That all depends on how motivated the officer is about finding you. If it's a slow night and the officer has some time, or if you committed a serious crime, it's much more likely that someone will try to identify you.

It gets easier and easier to identify people, as well. With Facebook and other social media sites, it might be as simple as uploading a photo from a video, then the software will automagically scan it and tag you. If the officer suspects you live in a particular state, s/he can ask the state's licensing authority to use facial recognition to match the fake ID with your real one. Sometimes, it just takes a little legwork, leading us directly to this answer's war story alert:

I backed a local city PD officer on a disorderly subject call. The officer stopped two young men suspected of breaking windows at a nearby house. One of the men gave me his ID and the other man gave an ID to the other officer. The man I talked to was a student at the local Major University. The other man said he was “just visiting a buddy” in town.

I don't know why, but the other officer didn't verify the second ID before we released the men. When he checked the info later, he was unable to find any matching record of the man.

I remembered that the young man had been wearing a polo shirt with “OSU Lacrosse” embroidered on it. Since both men had presented Ohio IDs, I checked Ohio State's lacrosse team roster and found the young man's real name, which led me to finding the young man's real ID. Shocker — he was under 21 and had been drinking, which could have resulted in a city ordinance ticket costing about $320. The young man I had been talking to was also under 21 and had also been drinking, but I didn't worry about that because these two Austin Tgn-1110-stop-underage-drinking Sober Tgn-1110-stop-underage-drinking Tgn-1110-stop-underage-drinking - - Austin weren'tthe two who had been breaking stuff.

Instead, after discovering the lie, we went to the Major University student's dorm room and, lo and behold, there was the second young man! He received a complimentary car trip to the local Gray Bar Inn and non-deluxe accomodations there. He was arrested on a felony so he couldn't bond out. The arraignment/bond judge also chose not to release him on his own recognizance the next morning. As I recall, his parents refused to drive 400 miles to bail him out of jail (good for them!) and the young man spent several days in jail while trying to arrange bail money.

All told, he missed a few days of school, ended up with a misdemeanor conviction, and lost his lacrosse scholarship — considerably more expensive than a possible drinking ticket.

Now… it was not a horribly busy night. If it had been busier, we might not have made it back to the dorm room to address the issue. But it is what it is.

And, no. I don't believe the end result was “unfair” or “disproportionate” or anything of the sort. The young man chose that path when he presented the fake ID as his own. He had the option of being honest to us and decided against that option. Had he simply presented his own real ID, the end result would have been a fairly good “the cops stopped us tonight!” story.

If you, Dear Reader, are inclined to post a comment about how horrible it was to arrest him, save it. It won't change what happened and it won't change my mind about it. I had a few run-ins with cops as a young (and intoxicated) lad and never lied, never ran, and never suffered any greater consequence than embarrassment. The young man's apparent belief that he could lie and get away with it was inexcusable. I hope he learned a good lesson from the experience.

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